Parachute drop puts up $50,000 prize
The Richardsons’ Parachute Drop at the Pauanui Airfield on Saturday, January 20 could earn one lucky punter $50,000.
The RNZAF will bring a team of parachutists to land on the airfield. One of the team will drop a weighted streamer, with a dart drawn on it, on to a virtual (invisible) grid of 250,000 squares laid across half the airfield.
Five thousand of the squares will be given ticket numbers. You win $50,000 if the tip of the dart lands in your square.
There are four guaranteed second prizes of $2000 each and four guaranteed third prizes of $1000 each.
They are won depending on how close they are to the landing square. Rules, which are printed on the back of the tickets, apply.
Menz Shed president Keith Hardy says planning for the event is well advanced.
“In addition to the drop we are also planning exciting additional entertainment for all ages. Make this a family day. All entertainment is free. Tickets in the drop will add to the excitement,” Mr Hardy said.
The $50,000 first prize might not be won. But the four second prizes and the four third prizes are guaranteed and must be won.
The second prizes are for the four ticket squares nearest the landing square. The third prizes are for the next nearest ticket squares.
Prize winners will be announced later in the afternoon.
Prize winners present at the event will be invited to a social gathering at 5pm for sponsors and others who have contributed to the day.
Registered surveyors will lay out the grid and randomly allocate 5000 ticket numbers to 5000 squares after ticket sales close and before the drop. They will identify the landing square using GPS after the dart has landed.
All necessary legal requirements have been met. ■ The $20 tickets are now on sale from Drop Zones — all of Richardsons’ offices throughout the Coromandel and information centres at Pauanui, Tairua, Whangamata, Thames and Whitianga. Local groups are also selling tickets. A maximum of 5000 tickets will be sold.
No tickets will be sold after 5pm on January 19.
However, ticket butts will have to be collected from the various sales outlets well before January 19. Buyers should get their tickets sooner rather than later or run the risk of missing out.